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Relationship with the Others

  • In the "The Cost of Living", Juliet says, "Ben is a liar. And he is very dangerous. Some of us want change." Karl is one of the Others that want change.
    • Karl and Alex are part of a younger generation of Others who don't like the way their elders are running things.
  • Karl is either a doctor in training or an aide to those who are doctors. He developed and brought Ben's X-rays to Juliet.
  • The brainwashing he was being tormented with in Room 23 was meant to cause him to turn against Alex and/or the castaways.
  • Karl was kidnapped as a child. His real parents are dead, and he was given to an Other to be raised, much like Alex was.

Also see: The Others/Theories


  • His father is Goodwin. Karl says that he and Alex used to lay in his backyard and name the stars. Therefore, Karl is most likely the son of one of the Others. Goodwin is a likely candidate, since he is about the right age to have a teenage son, and with him being dead, there is no longer anyone looking out for Karl.
    • But if his father is Goodwin, his mother would be Harper, which means there is someone looking out for him
  • Since Ben indicated that his disapproval of Karl and Alex's relationship was solely from the fear that Karl would get Alex pregnant, that could mean that he has already slept with her.
  • Since it appears that children conceived on the island can't be carried to term, Karl was probably conceived and maybe even born in the outside world, then brought to the island as a small child or while still in his mother's womb. His biological parents were DHARMA researchers who died in the Purge, but he was 'adopted' and raised by Others in much the same way Alex was.


  • In "A Tale of Two Cities", Karl told Sawyer to run in a different direction as a distraction for his own escape.


  • Karl may also be named after the philosopher Karl Popper, who was a harsh critic of utopian social engineering.
    • A very distinct possibility, as one of the stated purposes of the DHARMA Initiative was "utopian social (static)", probably meaning engineering.
  • Another possibility is that Karl's name was inspired by Karl Koch, a German hacker who drew his inspiration from The Illuminatus! Trilogy.
  • One could assume, from his confusion over Sawyer's Brady Bunch comment, that Karl may have been born on the Island (if not brought there as a small child, not unlike Zack from the tail section).
    • Of course, not everyone knows the Brady Bunch.
  • Karl's last name may be a humorous reference to the Brady Bunch, since that is the last name of the girls from before Carol married Mike.
  • Aaron is the only person that was definitely born on the island and that his mother was pregnant before arriving on the island. Karl was not concieved on the island. He either was brought to the island after his birth or his mother came to the island while already pregnant.
  • Karl is of a German-speaking descent. This is indicated by the fact that Karl with a "K" is much more common in these countries than elsewhere. He was either born in that region or has a parent of German-speaking origin. This would also explain the lack of knowledge of "The Brady Bunch", in the German version known under "Drei Mädchen und drei Jungen".

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